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again. in jordan, all the suspects have moved in and out of syria where weapons and jihadist fighters are plentiful, another sign the syrian civil war is spilling over into jordan, where the u.s. has a large stake in the survival of that government. >> to put it mildly, jordan is one of america's closest allies in that part of the world. if anything were to happen to that government, to that regime, to the kingdom there, that would be a huge loss for the u.s. >> reporter: absolutely it would. analysts say the jordanian intelligence service is one of the best in the entire region. it works very closely with u.s. intelligence to share information on terrorist cells there. if that government falls, a lot of that is compromised or lost. a huge loss for america's assets in that region. >> brian todd, thanks very much. let's get some perspective now from the jordanian foreign minister, nasser judeh. thanks for coming in. how close was al qaeda to blowing up, destroying the u.s. embassy in amman? >> they had just moved into operational phase when they thwarted that attempt. we had been monit
long believed syria has a huge stockpile of chemical weapons. now new concerns that chemical arsenal is on the move. secretary of state hillary clinton today issuing another stern warning against syria, using these weapons. the syrian foreign ministry quick to respond here saying it would not use chemical weapons against its people if it had any, but this announcement as turkey is sending warplanes to its border with syria after the syrian military bombed a nearby town of ras al-ain. you can hear that and see the smoke. this is the turkish side of the border. this is fueling more fears that more of syria's violence will spill into its neighbor to the north, being turkey. security concerns are prompting the u.n. to announce it is pulling nonessential personnel out of syria. want to bring in fran townsend, our cnn national security contributor and member of the cia external advisory committee. and, fran, good to see you. let's talk about these chemical weapons because we know that in the past, what, three, three have been, i guess, two, two different times the u.s. has seen syria move
the update. our other developing story in the middle east this morning. fears that syria could unleash nerve gas and what could that mean for u.s. military involvement. nbc news is reporting that syria's military has loaded the component chemicals for the deadly nerve gas sarin into aerial bombs that could be dropped from fighter jets. cnn reported on monday that syrian forces started combining chemicals that could be used to make sarin gas for weapons. mohammed jamjoom is in beirut. he's got more on the story for us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. this latest report only increasing concerns about the intentions of the syrian regime when it comes to their chemical weapon stockpile. now, why are there so many concerns? not just because people are worried what bashar al assad might do with these chemical weapon stockpiles, as there have been for months, but more as rebels are advancing on damascus and the battling are getting more heated and pitched around the capital, there are concerns that if damascus were to fall, what would happen to chemical weapon stockpi
story on the front pages of newspapers today. that is syria. and u.s. intelligence showing that they may be moving some of their stockpiles of chemical weapons. first, here was president obama yesterday, drawing a red line with syria. listen. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> so, general, does this mean we're closer to u.s. engagement? >> i don't think so at this point. as i understand it what we saw was movement or some activity in the places where they store their chemical weapons. i don't think we've seen the movement of chemical weapons forward to the point where they could be used or put on weapons. but i do think it puts syria on notice that this would be unacceptable behavior and there would be consequences for that behavior. and i like the president's words, will be held accountable. the wo
: russia acknowledges that president bashar al-assad may be losing control in syria as the crisis in his country escalates. >>> 30 u.s. banks in the cross-hairs of cyberattackers. new warnings about a potential fraud attack. >>> starting today you might notice a big difference in tv commercials. we'll tell you about, "happening now." yes it is 12/13. doesn't have the ring. jenna: doesn't have the same exact ring. still a good day. jon: still a good day. good morning to you. i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. we have new concerns about north korea heading toward a new nuclear test after defiantly launching a rocket into orbit as we've been reporting to you here. north korean state television reporting, this is the video of the launch at the command center in that country. this rocket is similar to one that could carry an automatic warhead as far as california. while it appears to be orbiting the earth normally we're getting the word the rocket may not be functioning all that well. general fir griffin from the pentagon. what else are we learning about this launch? >> repor
limits women's rights. the k you stick around? i have a bunch of other questions about syria, chemical questions. we're right back in just a moment. first rule of taking the world by surprise? do something the world will actually notice. introducing the entirely new ford fusion. with a turbo-charged ecoboost engines and a hybrid that doubles the fuel economy of the average vehicle. it's an entirely new idea of what a car can be. >>> so, if you thought the problem in syria was bad, how about this. the chemical weapons situation, the fear that perhaps bashar al assad might actually use chemical weapons on his own people now being exacerbated on a report that perhaps the blame is coming back to us and the accusation from the syrians that we're trying to actually get a hold of those chemical weapons and make it look like the syrian regime has done so. fareed zakari's back with us to talk about this report. it seems as though this is rather serious. only the government, assad's administration has sent a couple of letters to the u.n. suggesting this is all a big plot by the u.s. to get those
. >>> now to the crisis in syria. new reports that the white house and its allies are weighing military options to secure syria's chemical and biological weapons. president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton both issued warnings to syria monday after intelligence picked up signs the assad regime might be making preparations of some kind with its large stockpile of chemical weapons. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> meanwhile, "the new york times" reports russia appears to be weakening in its steadfast support for president assad. the senior turkish official says moscow agreed to a new approach that would seek ways to persuade assad to relinquish power. >>> kate middleton remains in a london hospital today as the world learns she is expecting. there is a sign of how much thins changed since another royal pregnancy, the one that w
shipping and supply disruptions. it's not free. bill: they pass it on to the consumer. martha: to syria where there is nowhere to hide for syria's president. why the man behind a brutal crackdown on his own people appears to be running out of options. bill: a mother and child trapped underneath a car and the heroic act of good samaritans that saved their lives. >> the woman was under the car with her baby. bill report job sector citi group announces 11,000 job cuts. it says it wants to save expenses and overhead. it breaks down to 4% of its entire workforce. 11,000 layoffs coming for citi group. let's go overseas as the world community warns the syrian president against using chemical weapons on its own people. the options may be running out for bashar al-asaad. the u.n. says there may be nowhere for him to run at this point. is there a chance he may quietly seek asylum? >> reporter: a few months ago president assad said in a television interview he would never leave syria nor seek asylum. that position is apparently changing. he's said to be seeking asylum in cuba or ecuador. it is not
in syria. margaret brennan is at the nato headquarters in brussels. >> reporter: hillary clinton just finished her last nato meeting as secretary of state. military alliance decided not to intervene in syria to stop the killing that has taken the lives of nearly 40,000 people. they are sending patriot missiles to turkey, to create a shield to protect against potential chemical weapons attack. >> we've made our views absolutely clear to the syrians, to the international community through various channels, public, private, direct, indirect that this is a situation that the entire international community is united on. >> reporter: secretary clinton said the missile shield will only be used for defensive purposes. nato did not discuss a no fly zone or safe haven to protect syrians. for "cbs this morning," margaret brennan, nato headquarters, brussels. >>> in an interview on tuesday, i asked former defense secretary robert gates about the worsening situation in syria and the possibility of the government using chemical weapons against the rebels. >> what should we do in syria if they attem
.s. and other countries should not get involved in syria. 52% against the idea of "usa today" or other country's planes to set up safe zones. this as a gruesome scene unfolds. people who got out to buy bread were killed as they lined up at a bakery to get the bread. mohammed jamjoon joins us by phone from beruit. some of the video you are about to see is extremely graphic. what can you tell us? >> dana, it's horrific and grizzly details that are emerging. opposition activist says hundreds were lined up to get bread from the bakery. the first time it opened in over a week in the town of haifa. it was shelled by a warplane overhead and at least 1200 people killed in the attack. the amateur video posted online shows an extremely gruesome scene. mangled corpses in the rubble. you can see rebel army officers and civilians trying to help the wounded. a terrible, terrible tragedy according to whom we've been speaking with. that town harbors a lot of anti government sentiment. liberated by rebels just a week ago. and because of that, they were targeted by the regime yesterday. they issues a statement
was. >> gretchen: a warning for syria after they start to move the chemical weapons. >> the world is watching . the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there would be conquences and you will be held accountable. >> gretchen: hopefully. president assad claims he would never use chemical weapons. this would be on his own people. but assad has been massacring his own people. his father was accused of using sign nide that left 20,000 people. do you think that he listened and sitting back. maybe i should listen to president obama. >> brian: i wonder how many of them have an iraqi return address on them. ceo of cheesecake factory warns that president's health care law causes price to rise. >> we spend millions on health care and we don't know how much more we pay. for businesses that don't cover employees, they will be in for a very expensivuation. >> brian: right now they cover everyone that works over 25 hours. >> steve: meanwhile, a teen taking on a toy company for her little brother. >> why don't th
. >> thanks always, sir. do appreciate that. >>> meanwhile, in syria, rebel forces are battling government troops in the suburbs near damascus. president assad desperately clings to power there. the rebels are also moving towards the damascus international airport just south of the capital. clashes in the area forced the closure of the airport road for the second time this week. all of this as secretary of state hillary clinton confirmed that the u.s. and russia are in, in fact, working toward a political solution led by the u.n. special envoy to syria. >> the united states stands with the syrian people in insisting that any transition process result in a unified, democratic syria in which all citizens are represented. a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. >> the syrian conflict is also aif he canning the region now. beyond the fears of chemical weapons being used, today the jordanian armed forces returned fire after several shells fired from syria landed in their territory and wounded a soldier. up next back here, big earthquake hits the same japanese coast devastated by la
, nigeria, and especially syria. >> translator: yes, may peace be brought for the people of syria, deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless and reaps innocent victims. once again, i appeal for an end to the bloodshed. easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict. >> last night as always the pope celebrated christmas eve mass in st. peter's basilica. he reminded christians everywhere to leave room for god in their busy lives. >>> you can't get closer to christmas than church of the nativity in bethlehem. ♪ >> vast crowds turned out for midnight mass near the spot considered jesus' actual birth place. tourism officials estimated 20% jump over the last year in foreign pilgrims in part because of the church's recent designation as a u.n. world heritage site. the obama family celebrated the president's birth place in hawaii and, yes, christmas brings us one day closer to possibly the fiscal cliff, the huge tax increases, spending cuts that could take effect in one week
. all right. thanks so much. >>> syria is reportedly escalating the conflict with opposition forces by firing scud missiles at rebels. u.s. officials say more than half dozen scud missiles were fired into northern syria and areas held about it rebels have suffered severe damage recently. there's no evidence that the missiles contain chemical weapons, though. meanwhile, the president of ecuador denied yesterday that syrian leader assad has requested asylum there. >>> john mcafee is back on u.s. soil after being deported from guatemala on immigration violations. the anti-virus millionaire is miami. they are not involves in the belize investigation into the death of mcafee's neighbor. asked if he was concerned about extradition, mcafee responded. >> i'm not worried at all. if i'm in front of a court, there is nothing in the world they will do to send me back. they have no evidence. they're obviously trumped up charges. this is the only attempt they charged me. >> mcafee is currently free in the u.s. he remains a person of interest and the belize police would still like to talk to them.
fighting in syria outside the city of aleppo. rebel fighters trapped hundreds of government soldiers inside a military base and say they are giving them a chance to defect. this as president obama warns syrian president bashar al assad that there will be serious consequences if he uses chemical weapons against his own weapon. >> this regime is a real problem for us. its alliance with iran, its possession of chemical weapons, weapons of mass destruction. its human rights record, its support of terrorism. this is a regime we would like to get out of the way. we don't want to see it replaced with people we don't support either. >>> the syrian foreign ministry denies they have plans to use chemical weapons. >>> the family of jovan belcher is speaking publically for the first time since he fatally shot his girl friend and killed himself. belcher's sister and uncle stood by his aunt as she spoke outside the home where the football star lived with 22-year-old kasandra perkins and their 3-month-old daughter. >> we will cherish the wonderful memories we have of javon and pray those memory also bring
to first. new reports on how close syria came to using chemical weapons this week. they actually loaded the deadly gas on to bombs, prepared for launch. and martha raddatz is going to have the latest on that. >> that's a frightening development, something president obama took very seriously. >>> we have a warning this morning that all parents with infants need to here. federal authorities are taking an unprecedented move of suing the manufacturers of infant recliner, saying they are dangerous. i don't know about you guys. but i used these with both of my babies. pretty amazing. >> yeah. >>> also ahead, a major announcement today we can't wait to share with you. it involves all of us and more "gma" every day. we're excited to tell you what we're talking about later on this morning. >> that's coming up. >>> let's get to the news out of london. lama hasan is outside of the hospital where kate middleton checked out, roses in her hand. good morning, lama. >> reporter: good morning, george. just moments ago, a very happy duke and duchess of cambridge left the hospital behind me. one of the re
about the civil war in syria. we'll talk about the royal baby coming soon. first we want to get right to zoraida sambolin for an update on the day's top stories. >> soledad, the fiscal cliff debacle, with 28 days remaining before drastic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect, a republican spending plan has been rejected by the white house. brianna keilar is live from washington. what now, brianna? >> well, right now it's about the pressure building and the clock kicking, zoraida. as house republicans in the white house try to ultimately broker a deal between two very different plans. house speaker john boehner's counteroffer, if you take a look at the headlines from this $800 billion in what would be savings from tax reform. so that is new tax revenue. but not done by increasing income tax rate on the wealthiest. but instead by closing tax loopholes, eliminating tax credits. and also $600 billion in health savings. that's what you'd get from entitlement reform. from reforming medicare, and doing some cuts there under this plan. but compare it to the white house plan, very different
against syria are changing. senior pentagon officials tell cnn the syrian government could be escalating the civil war. there are new concerns the assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons. let's get to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, how does this change the u.s. military's syria plan? are we talking u.s. troops, boots on the ground? >> well, not at this point, clearly, deb. but what we do know is that u.s. officials tell us that they are updating some of the military options for action against syria's chemical weapons capability, why are they doing this? of course, we chatted about this in the last several days. officials say they do have the intelligence now that syria has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas. haven't moved it to airplanes yet, but this is very concerning because that, of course, would be the next step. so once you have the deadly bombs, the u.s. has to look at what the options could be, what they might want to target to essentially take out that kind of capabilities. so that's the options that are now being worked on. deb? >> i mean, t
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the world. he said even in syria, a nation embroiled in a nearly two-year long civil war peace is possible. >> translator: yes, peace for the people of syria. deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless. and reaps innocent victims. once again, i appeal for an end to the bloodshed. easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced. and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict. >> the pope also spoke out against violence against christians in nigeria and mally. he wrapped up the address by delivering christmas greetings in 65 different languages. in bethlehem, worshippers packed the church of the nativity for the midnight mass. this is the 1700-year-old church, by the way. >>> and here's something you can mark as a first on christmas day. queen elizabeth's traditional recorded message will be broadcast in 3-d on british television next hour. you see her leaving church earlier this morning. in her address, the queen is expected to speak about the excitement and pride around hosting the 2012 olympics and celebrations surrou
to end the civil war in syria. now, remember, both russia and china have blocked u.n. attempts to force out the assad regime. now the russians say they are willing to meet with the syrian opposition. it could open the door for real u.n. action on the ground, action that could mean american involvement. we've got more details in a live report in just a minute. >>> but also, russia's president formally saying no to americans who want to adopt russian children. it is a heartbreaking development for hundreds of americans who are trying to adopt children from russian orphana orphanages. that is happening right now. president vladimir putin signed the adoption ban today. sadly, more than 50 americans who were in the final stages of adopting russian children, they are not going to be able to. and while those families certainly hoping that they're going to allow these adoptions to go through, the country's child rights commissioner says that those kids are going to stay in russia. so why are the russians doing this? the ban is considered a payback of sorts for an american law that was passed tw
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about the crisis in syria as nbc news learns the syrian military is awaiting final orders to use chemical weapons on its own people. what can the u.s. government do to avoid a catastrophe? >>> dire warning. 26 days left until the deadline and a top official says the president is willing to go off the fiscal cliff if necessary. and some republicans signal they may be ready to give in on a key sticking point. >>> and heading home, a smiling duchess of cambridge and prince william leave the hospital this morning, four days after she checked in with extreme morning sickness. we're live in london today, thursday, december 6th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah gurthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. nice images to see out of london over the past couple of days. we've been watching duchess of cambridge. she seemed a little shaky as she held the railing. we're going to have more on that story and, of course, the ridiculous
. >>> to a pair of startling and devastating attacks in syria. it was a couple of hours ago. nine people, six of them children, were killed. this was in a raid on a bakery. that is according it to an opposition group. the attack comes a day after more than 100 folks died at another bakery. this is when planes dropped bombs as they were waiting in line for bread. we have the story, and we want to warn you that some of the these pictures are graphic. >> reporter: a voice filled with horror, a scene full of carnage. a massacre screams the man. they targeted the bakery. a bakery where hungry civilians had been standing in line to get bread. one eyewitness reached via skype described the grizzly aftermath. >> translator: from 200 meters away i could see corpses as i walked towards the bakery. the people cannot be described. bodies piled on top of each other. it was an impossible scene. there was no word to describe it. >> reporter: he says he was one of the first on the scene filmed this video. the wounded are carried away as rebels and civilians dig up mangled corpses from the rubble. shock and g
coming out of syria. the one of the regime's staunchest allies is signaling a possible change in position. we'll tell you who it is and what it could mean for president bashar al-assad coming up. gregg: a surfer fighting off a shark after having part of his hand literally ripped off. we'll tell you how he managed to save his own life and how his friends helped to save him as well. >> they did a marvelous job as well hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios gregg: ♪ dominic the donkey ♪. gregg: it is not at sight you see every day. dominic the donkey going for a stroll in indianapolis of all places. giving a cop a tough time trying to catch her. galloping around what appears to be a parking lot. >> she doesn't seem like she is bothering too many people. we keep getting calls about her. we need to get close to her. >> you will not get that close to her. i tried three days. she is wild. first time she got loose. when she get loose she enjoy her freedom and d
an ipad for just $10 a month. one plan. up to 10 devices. at&t. rethink possible. >>> to syria now and heightened concerns of the chemical weapons. secretary of state hillary clinton is in prague today and she issued this warning. >> we have made our views very clear. this is a red line for the united states. i'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people but suffice it to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur. >> sir why's foreign ministry issued a statement on syrian tv saying they would not use chemical weapons against syrian people. cnn's pentagon correspondent barbara starr live in new york with us. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> how much faith can we put in the syrian government spokesperson and suggestsiing tt the people of syria are safe from chemical weapons. >> there is a new wrinkle here. in the last couple of days u.s. intelligence has got information that the syrian regime is moving its c
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, to the other crisis capturing the world's attention. new concerns that syria may be preparing to use chemical weapons against rebels, trying to overthrow the country's government. today, neighboring turkey, is asking nato for patriot missiles to defend itself as a precaution. president obama has warned syria the u.s. will respond if chemical weapons are employed. >>> back in this country, federal health officials say the flu season is already here. it's the earliest start in nearly a decade. and take a look at this map. widespread flu already being reported from tennessee into the deep south, texas, missouri and georgia not far behind. this year's strain could be dangerous for children and the elderly. doctors' advice here, get your flu shots. >>> meanwhile here in new york, police trying to find the man in this subway surveillance video, arguing with another man in the middle of the day. seconds later, he pushed that man into the path of an oncoming train. the man was killed. police are checking other video, hoping to find a clear image of the killer. no word on what the two were arguing abo
preconditions. for "cbs this morning," holly williams, cairo. >>> in syria this morning, rebel troops declared the airport in damascus to be a fair target, warning civilians to stay away. growing concern that syria's government to use chemical weapons. hillary clinton joined her russian counterpart. this morning, elizabeth palmer reports, hillary clinton says there are no easy answers. >> meetings yesterday were important but just the beginning and added nobody should believe it represented a breakthrough. clinton was more frank on president bashar al assad's lack of a place in seary's polityria future. >> every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future. a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. we go into these discussions with a clear sense of what we want to see accomplished, but a realistic understanding of how difficult it still is. >> second clinton said there would be another meeting in the coming days to discuss the way forward. for c"cbs this morning," elizabeth palmer, london. >> james baker, secretary of state under president george h. w. bush an
on around the world, what are we doing in syria while the jihaddist groups are taking over syria? what are we doing in libya? now there are reportedly 19 countries -- >> gretchen: let's show the map. >> 19 countries where al-qaeda groups, affiliate groups are spreading throughout africa, in addition to morocco, sudan and for the administration to have said nothing about this during the campaign was really clearly by design. it was designed to show that the president had won the war on terror. >> gretchen: i think the line was, you know, osama bin laden is dead and al-qaeda is on the run. and then there was the unfortunate situation of benghazi. >> right. which is another -- again, this is a terror group we now know and i think the administration knew all along, that this was a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9-11. we have now learned that a lot of the weapons that we supposedly sent to the libyan opposition were hijacked and taken by the terrorist groups. you have terrorist groups in syria that are leading the charge against the government there. >> gretchen: but do you find it
announced the u.s. will recognize syria's main opposition group as the country's legitimate representative. it's the latest move to force dictator bashar al assad from power. >>> meanwhile, here at home, a natural gas explosion near charleston, west virginia, set off the fire you see here. it scorched a busy highway, destroyed at least four homes. several people were rushed to the hospital because of heavy smoke inhalation. but no one was seriously hurt. no word on why the 20-inch gas line exploded. >>> meanwhile, new claims this morning that fedex may have been overcharging its customers and doing it for years. internal e-mails recently made public for a lawsuit show a sales executive believed the company was systemically overcharging business customers. but when he told his bosses, he claims they looked the other way. fedex denies it, saying the e-mails don't tell the entire story. >>> and pope benedict just hit 1 million followers on twitter. and he marked the occasion today, sending his very first tweet. saying, and i quote, dear friends, i am pleased to get in touch with you through t
's gotten the message. it's clear that the opposition continues to make gains in syria. our concern is if they feel like the regime is threatened with collapse, that they might resort to these kinds of weapons. >> the syrians have been loading rockets with deadly sirin gas that they could use against rebels. >>> the brother of mexican american singing sensation jenni rivera is not giving up hope she is still alive. >> in our eyes we have faith my sister will be okay. we have no confirmation of her body being recovered dead or alive. >> rivera's private jet went outside monterrey, mexico. she and six other people on board are believed to be dead. her mangled driver's license and clothing were found at the crash site. no bodies recovered. >>> senator john mccain wants a seat on the foreign relations committee after the new year, setting up a showdown with susan rice. it overseas the state department. if susan rice is nominated to be secretary of state, mccain would be in a position to question her during nomination hearings. mccain has been a big critic of rice, suggesting she misled
stilli still happening today in syria and egypt and darfur. >> when we see images of the american south with the two different water fountains, the colored water fountain and the whites only water fountain. and we think about that as some odd historical curiosity. that only went out of existence 50 or 60 years ago. apartheid is a much more recent story. >> my photo class came here really to broaden our perspective on photography and politics and just humanity in general. because that will influence how we seat world. >> when you're seeing the terrified faces of all these people that are going through the protests, and all the people being carried off bloody after being shot by police in peaceful protests, it just shows the world that ignorance really does have its own effect. >> by looking at the images you can kind of see the raw emotions, the expresses of the people, and you could feel what they're feeling and feel their pain, see their anxiety. >> growing up with a white parent and a black parent, it's kind of different for me to see that it's so hard for these two races to get along
as we reported them here on "today." >> the civil war in syria is worsening. >> international pressure is mounting on president bashar al assad to stop his bloody crackdown. >> all we want is help. >> i've seen bodies on the ground. >> fear grows over the regime's potential use of chemical weapons. >> assad's army is slowly falling to pieces, but sosyria. >> breaking news, nbc news's richard engel and his crew were held captive for five days. >> it's good to be here. i'm very happy. >> a u.s. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians during a shooting spree in afghanistan. >> tell me what you believe. >> i just don't think he was involved. >> anti-american protesters attack a u.s. consulate in libya. >> the u.s. ambassador and three others are dead. >> the world needs more chris stevens. >> this is a spontaneous reaction to a video. >> it was a very obscure online movie. >> do you believe that ambassador stevens was the intended target of terrorists? >> i do. >> the white house is now classifying the deadly attack as a terrorist attack. >> i relied solely and squarely on the information
syria killed more than 60 people as they were waiting for bread. more than 40,000 people have died since the conflict began in march of 2011. >>> idaho senator michael kra poe is apologizing it to ms. family and constituents after arrested and charged with driving under the influence. he was stopped in virginia for running a red light on sunday. he failed sobriety tests registering a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. the senator who was eye mormon has said in the past he does not drink alcohol as his religion prohibits it. >>> turning to wall street, kayla is at athe new york stock exchange. good morning. >> the stock mark has tracked the progress of the fiscal cliff talks or lack thereof. falling on news of no deal and now at a relative standstill, still the major markets were up and the s&p is up up 13% for the year. later this week we expect more signs of economic improvement especially in the housing market. home price data comes out on wednesday. new homes sales data comes out on tuesday. we wait and send it back over to you. >> queen elizabeth ii is going 3d. the 86-year-ol
've got the looming fiscal cliff, unrest overseas in egypt and syria. lots to talk about with politics to the macks. get it? that's my new title. wrapping up their time in office is husband and wife team connie mack of california and representative mary mack of florida. senator bob corker on sunday seemed to be setting a conciliatory tone between republicans, saying, yes, maybe in fact these tax hikes for the wealthy will go through. let's play a little bit of what he said first. >> there is a growing group of folks that are looking at this and realizing we don't have a lot of cards as it relates to the tax issue before year end. a lot of people are putting forth a theory -- and i actually think it has merit -- where you go ahead and give the president the 2% increase that he's talking about. it's actually much lesser tax increase than what he's been talking about. the focus then shifts to entitlements, and maybe that puts us in a place where we actually can do something that really saves this nation. >> so it sounds like maybe the tax cuts that we've been talking about. what do you th
was rescued, but the navy seal was shot and he died from his injuries. >>> a former top general in syria's chemical weapons program confirming our worst fears. major general silo has, quote, no doubt that president assad will use chemical weapons on his own people. he says he's desperate to cling to power and crush the uprising that started almost two years ago. he accuses assad's forces of already spraying pesticides and dropping phosphorous. >>> the archaeologist who discovered the titanic on the ocean floor says noah's ark happened. the black sea was once fresh water lake overrun by an enormous wall of water from the rising mediterranean sea. he found new evidence of that 400 feet below the surface of the modern day black sea. and those are your headlines. >> steve: that's great. meanwhile, later on today, the michigan house of representatives is going to take up two bills. they were passed by the state senate in michigan on thursday. their right to work bills. what they would do is make effectively michigan the 24th right to work state in the country, which means you would not have t
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